Monodisperse emulsion generation via drop break off in a coflowing stream

Citation:

Umbanhowar, P. B. ; Prasad, V. ; Weitz, D. A. Monodisperse emulsion generation via drop break off in a coflowing stream. Langmuir 2000, 16, 347-351. Copy at http://www.tinyurl.com/kqbkycl
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Abstract:

We describe an experimental technique for the production of highly monodisperse emulsions (with minimum achievable polydispersities <3%). The phase to be dispersed is introduced into a coflowing, surfactant-laden continuous phase via a tapered capillary. Drops detach from the capillary when the streamwise forces exceed the force due to interfacial tension. Drop size is a function of the capillary tip diameter, the velocity of the continuous phase, the extrusion rate, and the viscosities and interfacial tension of the two phases. Emulsions composed of a variety of fluids and with drop sizes ranging from 2 to 200 mu m have been produced using this technique.

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